International jazz artists contest was founded in 2004 and it is the only jazz genre contest in Latvia that has attained such a recognition gathering young and undiscovered jazz talents from all over the World.
Kristaps Vanadziņš (keyboard), Andris Buiķis (drums), Andris Grunte (bass) and Jānis Bērziņš (guitar) are among the best musicians in Latvia.
Studied double bass at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Music Academy. Since 1990 had played with Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and Latvian jazz stars. Other projects - Add libitum, Māris Briežkalns Quintet, H. Sīmanis band, 11 strings with R. Macats and V. Ritovs. Trio with Artis Orubs (drums) and Laima Jansone (kokle).
Artis Orubs | Drums
Drummer, percussionist, and producer, who has cooperated with musicians that represent the most different genres and styles of music (jazz, funk, folk, electronic). Alongside being a musician, teaches at the Department of Percussion of the Latvian Academy of Music. Since 2012 - drummer of Latvian Radio Big Band.
Currently studying in Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and actively working on many different music projects. Plays together with various styles and genre musicians from all over the world. Participated in the biggest Latvian and Europe’s jazz festivals such as North Sea Jazz, Brosella Folk&Jazz Festival, and Jazz is Back.
Viktors Ritovs | Piano
Pianist and keyboardist. As the soloist and educator has hosted master-classes and lectures in Latvia and abroad. Laureate of many pianist contests in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland. Has performed at Rigas Ritmi Festival, Pori Jazz, Nomme Jazz, Venice Jazz, as well as the prestigious Blue Note Jazz Club in New York, Brussels Jazz Festival and much more as a member of Maris Briezkalns Quintet. Director of chamber ensemble class in Latvian Academy of Music. Since 2012 - a pianist of Latvian Radio Big Band.